Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records

The "China Clipper"

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(Martin M-130)

The arrival of Pan Am's "China Clipper," the Martin M-130, is celebrated in Manila. The "China Clipper" completed the first commercial flight across the Pacific Ocean in six days, with stops in Honolulu, Guam, and Midway.

The "China Clipper," Martin M-130, flight crew debarks in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the first commercial flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Pan Am employees gather around an airplane at Miami's second airport, located at 36th Street, in 1928.

Pan Am Captain Victor Wright is pictured with a photograph of the original "China Clipper," Martin M-130, and the American flag flown from the bow of the plane after its arrival in Manila. The "China Clipper," with then-flight engineer Wright, completed the first commercial flight across the Pacific Ocean in 1935.

The "China Clipper," Martin M-130, takes off from San Francisco on the maiden commercial flight across the Pacific Ocean to Manila in 1935.

The "China Clipper," Martin M-130, rests at pier in Manila harbor, following its historic flight across the Pacific Ocean. Huge crowds lined the shore to catch a glimpse of the aircraft and the Manila Hotel is in the background.

November 22, 1935: Alameda, California. Captain Edward Musick and First Officer R.O.D. Sullivan stand next to the "China Clipper" before it leaves San Francisco for Manila with the first transpacific airmail. On the ground, left to right are: Postmaster General James A. Farley, Assistant Postmaster General Harllee Branch, and Pan Am President Juan Trippe.

The "China Clipper," (Martin M-130) passes over the San Francisco waterfront at the start of the inaugural commercial flight across the Pacific Ocean, to Manila. The aircraft completed the trip in six days, with a flying time of 59 hours, 48 minutes. Overnight stops included Honolulu, Midway, Wake Island, and Guam.